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Story of David Raber '69 and His Mountain Lion Now a Book

May 7, 2001

May 7, 2001, Greencastle, Ind. - David M. Raber, a 1969 graduate of DePauw University, has a unique story to tell about his relationship with a mountain lion, and is sharing it with the world in the new book, Through Cougar's Eyes: Life Lessons from One Man's Best Friend.  Just released by St. Martin's Press, the 256 page book tells of how Raber saw the animal, named Cougar, on display in a tiny cage, and adopted the mountain lion as a pet. Cougar is now the only large cat in the country who is federally licensed without a cage.

Booklist calls the volume, "as much a meditation on what it means to be a big cat as it is a memoir of life with a big cat, Raber alternates between well-written ruminations on instinct, living with and near wildlife, and big cats in general and the story of his life with Cougar as his constant companion."East College Tulips KOApr2011

Calling the book, "a kind of modern rejoinder to Joy Adamson's Born Free," Amazon.com reviewer Gregory McNamee writes, "Raber's memoir of his sentimental education in the ways of Felis concolor will interest animal enthusiasts of all kinds."

The Indianapolis Star spotlighted Raber's book in an article on new books by Hoosier authors, entitled “Through Hoosier Eyes.” Published in the newspaper's "Focus" section yesterday, access the story here.

David Raber is a former Navy pilot and Blue Angel. While his book is available at bookstores nationwide and over the Internet, his 200 pound pet is already well known to some. Cougar serves as "spokescat" for Eukanuba Cat Foods by Iams.

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